The Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat met to cap off the final home and away fixture of the WBBL season for #TeamGreen and frustrating weather conditions greeted both sides, with there being three separate delayed starting times.
Finally, a bat flip was completed which Kirby Short won for the Heat and she sent Elyse Villani’s girls into bat on a green wicket, with overcast conditions going no-where for the afternoon.
Following the last of the rain delays, match officials confirmed the revised format was 10 overs between both sides and play finally got underway.
Captain Elyse Villani and Lizelle Lee got off to a flying start knowing there was no time to waste with the revised format, and the pairing rocketed to over 40 runs before they lost their first wicket, at the halfway stage of the innings.
Lee was trapped in front for 16 in the 5th over to break the opening partnership of 45. From there the mood of the innings changed as the batters continued to take risks, due to the shortened format, and unfortunately consecutive wickets fell in a short space of time.
Villani, Osborne, Du Preez, Faltum and Sutherland all went back to the dugout earlier than they would have liked, which halted the Stars early progress.
Alana King and youngster Tess Flintoff finished the innings off for the Stars and picked up some handy runs in the final over, and after 10 overs the Stars were 6-87 with Villani’s 25 the top score.
Heat opened with WBBL in-form batter Beth Mooney and Maddy Green, and they immediately made their intentions known by going on the attack of Erin Osborne’s opening over.
Holly Ferling looked dangerous from the get-go though and, with the new ball, it didn’t take her long to collect her first wicket, dismissing Maddy Green for 5 in the 3rd over of the game.
Laura Harris came to the crease and helped stabilise the Heat innings with superstar batter Beth Mooney, who went on to hit an unbeaten fifty which earned her the Player of the Match award.
The moment that everyone at the CitiPower Centre was waiting for though came in the 5th over, when Kristen Beams came into the attack to bowl - which received loud applause from the Melbourne crowd.
She was unable to make it a fairytale finish, by picking up one final wicket, but it was still great to acknowledge her incredible contribution to the game of cricket.
Beth Mooney and Laura Harris continued to hit consecutive boundaries and despite the fall of Harris to the bowling of Sutherland – the Heat went on to win the game and place themselves top of the ladder.